DIY Tooth Fairy or Glitter Money

DIY Tooth Fairy Money or Glitter Money. Top Photo: glitter imprinted tooth money by The Southern Institute here.  Bottom Photo: fairy dust money by Ten Kids and a Dog here.

EDIT: I got a phone call from my mother asking if it was legal to do this. Lots and lots of info on the internet says both yes and no. See one opinion from Ehow here

Paper currency is legally defined as a “national bank obligation,” and as such, defacement is regulated by statute 18 USC 333, which states, “[w]hoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.” The key here is “unfit to be reissued.” Drawing a moustache on George Washington does not render it unfit to be reissued; it is still easily identifiable as a dollar bill.

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